I am walking to class with my students on Friday morning when this conversation takes place...
Child: Is Medusa real?
Child: Is the Cyclops real?
Me: No, the Cyclops is not real. These are all myths, stories that people made up a long time ago. None of it is real.
Child: Are reindeer real?
Me: What did you just ask?
Child: There are no reindeer?... So, is Santa Claus real?
Me: Oh, I'm sorry. I wasn't paying attention. Yes, reindeer are real.
Child: (visibly relieved) Okay. Is Santa real?
Me: What do you think?
Child: I think he is real.
Me: Well, okay then. Go hang up your backpack.
That was a close one. The subject did not come up again - Thank goodness!